Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 7, 2013

Week of a lifetime

Nicholas soaks in World Series win, then delivers career day on gridiron


“When (Shane) Victorino hit the ball off the Green Monster, Fenway Park was the craziest I have ever seen it. When the game ended and the Red Sox won, I was just jumping up and down and high-fiving random people. I had my phone recording the whole time so I could always remember it.”

Two days later, he made more amazing memories, this time on the field.

Against Lawrence, the Golden Warrior receiver caught five passes for a whopping 112 yards and two touchdowns, both from E.J. Perry IV, and caught a two-point conversion on a halfback pass from Jack Sylvester.

On the defensive end, he twice picked off Lawrence QB Nelson Valerio.

“It was sad we weren’t in the playoffs, so we wanted to make a statement that we are a good team,” Nicholas said. “It started with the interception in the first quarter. The ball kept coming my way ... and I kept making plays. It was amazing.”

Making it even sweeter is he now has the chance to share those moments with his father, who now lives full-time at home and trains soldiers locally.

“It’s really amazing to have his support,” Nicholas said. “I think he gets more excited than I do when I make plays. It’s really great to have him home. Hopefully I can keep contributing to the team and making plays.”

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